Some of you may not know this yet, but I am originally from New York. Not Utica (no offense, Utica), but Manhattan. I’ve gone back there regularly and had family there my entire life, and have always considered myself a New Yorker. With Hurricane Sandy starting to attack the entire Northeastern seaboard as we speak, checking in with my family last night (and today), has me thinking about New York even more than usual.

You can see just by looking at my desk how I think about “the city” every single day. That’s why, when I saw this video from Red Bull (from their “Where do you call home” series), it made me think about how much of our personalities, outlooks, and aspirations may come from our “hometowns.”

New York, Smashby Training, CrossFit, Cross Fit

What I look at every day at work.

What do you think? Did your hometown help mold the person you are today? It certainly did for me!
At the end of the day, I’m unwavering proud of where I’m from (and where I grew up – Pittsburgh), and think you should be, too!

That being said, please stay safe, East Coast! I’m sending good vibes from the Mile High City.

  1. morin frick says:

    thanks a lot, tom for all of your blogs and rants – we really appreciate them! huge tom fan haha. and thanks a lot for working with me tonight and being so patient! i swear i hear what you’re saying even though i keep making the same mistakes – so frustrating. big shrug and hit the pocket! i’ll get it i will keep working, thanks again

    • Smashby says:

      Morin, thanks so much for the kind words! First of all, you are MORE THAN WELCOME! I’ve said this before, but it truly is my honor to be able to work with all of you guys whenever I can. You guys are the highlight of most of my days!

      As for you and the queues we’re working on, please remember something I say all the time: “It takes professional Olympic Weightlifters YEARS to perfect those movements.”

      The progress you and Micco have both made in the time you’ve been with us has been nothing short of incredible, and I don’t see that progress stopping anytime soon!

      Remember to SMILE, have FUN, and we’ll work together to keep making you even better! 🙂

      Thanks for everything, you guys.

  2. Tommy says:

    You post some awesome videos man! I am no subscribed to your RSS because these little videos are what some people need for that extra push through the day or week! Thanks Smashby!

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